The multi-use building for the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS) was designed as a flagship for the rural community, supporting its economy and promoting its agricultural heritage. The development comprises a large open plan office for the YAS, small offices for start- up local farming-related businesses and meeting rooms for community use. In addition, there is ‘Fodder’, an award winning café and shop with fresh butchery counter that sells and promotes local produce.
This highly sustainable building has won numerous awards for its green credentials since its completion in 2009 and the business has become both popular and successful. Accolades for building design include: EG Green Award 2009, RICS Renaissance Award 2010, RIBA White Rose Award 2010, Yorkshire Post. Shop and café awards include Observer Food Monthly, Butcher’s Shop of the Year and a Gold Award from Visit England.
The building was conceived as a green development from the start, driven by a client with a clear vision and passion for excellence. The result is a thoughtful design which reflects the rural surroundings and the aims of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and is one of the greenest, most sustainable buildings in Yorkshire. Its special features include:-
Brown-field site, sedum roof, rainwater harvesting, sheepswool insulation, ground source heat pumps, solar panels, natural ventilation, light sensors, thermal efficient windows. Wherever possible local materials were used and local people contracted to carry out work on the building. The building targeted BREEAM Excellent from the outset and the pre-assessment indicated that this was achieved although the client chose not to pursue formal certification.